In Dulci Jubilo

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For: String quartet
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Composer
trad.
Year of composition
1328
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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The Christmas hymn "In dulci jubilo", also known in English as "Good Christian Men, Rejoice", dates back at least to the year 1328. In that year the German mystic Heinrich Seuse, an associate of the great Meister Eckhart, claimed that he had learned the song from dancing angels. "This dance," he wrote, "was not of the kind that are danced on Earth, but it was a heavenly movement, swelling up and falling back again into the wild abyss of God's hiddenness." Be that as it may, the hymn probably was already in existence by that time. Its most distinctive feature is its mixture of Latin and German in the text; texts are this type are charmingly designated by scholars as "macaronic." This macaronic text is an unusually elegant one that makes syntactic sense in both languages; the line "alpha es et O," often cryptic to those who sing the hymn, means "Thou art the alpha and the omega." The original hymn was monophonic - it consisted only of a single melody line. It became part of German tradition, modified slightly to conform to Protestant theology, and was given multipart settings by Praetorius, Bach, and other composers.

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Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Lullaby, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, Morning Has Broken, O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", Habanera from "Carmen", Symphony No.25 - 2. Andante, Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 1. Andante grazioso (Theme and variations), Chanson de Matin, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Bethena - A Concert Waltz, A Cyclone in Darktown, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 2. Menuetto; Trio 1; Trio 2, Trio No.3, Trio No.1, Once in Royal David's City, O come, O come, Emmanuel, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Unto Us A Child Is Born, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, Gradual, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, Deck The Halls, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, A Thousand And One Nights, The Cannon Ball Rag, The Stars And Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, The Manhattan Beach March, King Cotton, The High School Cadets, The Gladiator March, El Capitan, I Saw Three Ships, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, O Christmas Tree, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, We Three Kings, The Holly And The Ivy, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, The Coventry Carol, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, O Holy Night, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Symphony No.29 - 1. Allegro moderato, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, String Serenade - 2. Waltz, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, The Amazon Rag, Sleepy Sidney, I Got The Blues, Who Let The Cows Out?, Key-Stone Rag, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, God Save The Queen, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, Pavane, Op.50, Serenade No.10 , La Marseillaise, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, Ode To Joy, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, The Barber of Seville - Overture, William Tell - Overture, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Trumpet Tune, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, The Nutcracker - Overture, Preludes, Book 1 No.8 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Radetzky March, Op.228, Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, Canon in D, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, Birthday Minuet and 1812 Overture

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